Album Reviews

Papa Roach - Crooked Teeth

Review: Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

It’s been two years since the last album was released by our teenage dark love, Papa Roach and this will be the band’s ninth studio album. So, what’s new? Let’s find out. I’ve said this before and I undoubtedly will again, but when a band releases a statement such as the following; “We really wanted to kind of venture back ...

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Bear 3

Review: Bear – ///

Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, Bear are a wonderfully diverse four piece playing aggressive prog inspired metal with just enough djent to add low end excitement without becoming yet another Meshuggah clone. So, instant brownie points there. The album’s opener ‘Blackpool’, is far more enjoyable than visiting the British seaside town, and the production on it is about as grimy as ...

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Coltsblood - Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

Review: Coltsblood – Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

A thunderous rumble slowly fades in as Coltsblood’s latest offering announces its presence. The title track of the album is a lumbering work of disgustingly heavy doom metal that builds over a whopping thirteen minutes, slowly layering abrasive guitar effects and distorted bass chords so aggressive they border on being the human discovery of the theoretical brown note. The entire ...

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Malevolence - Self Supremacy

Review: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Take a hardcore band, lock them in a room with Pantera’s discography (apart from that Kiss inspired stuff at the beginning that we don’t talk about) and then shoot them full of sludge. Hey presto, you’ve got Malevolence. And if that doesn’t sound good to you then quite frankly you don’t deserve it. If for some reason you do still ...

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Oceano - Revelation

Review: Oceano – Revelation

Oceano have been around for over a decade now and have gone through a variety of sounds and line-ups in that time, so it’s no surprise to see that things are once again different on their newest album Revelation. Effectively the second album in this current iteration of the bands line-up but the first album since they switched over from ...

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Motionless In White - Graveyard Shift

Review: Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift

“I just feel incredibly confident about everything on the record” is always a great indication for the front man of your band to talk about your latest album and the thing is, Chris has not misplaced his confidence. Motionless In White are back with their fourth studio album, Graveyard Shift after moving from Fearless Records to Roadrunner Records. Twelve tracks that have ...

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Nikka Costa - Underneath & In Between

Nikka Costa – Underneath And In Between

Nikka Costa has opened as special guest for such diverse acts as The Police, Coldplay, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, and Prince, the latter with whom she’s written songs as she has with Eric Clapton. She’s also headlined worldwide on her own and had hits, having made her first record when she was only eight years old back in 1980. That her father ...

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Fire from the Gods – Narrative Retold

Fire from the Gods is a name I didn’t know of until I found it getting mentioned on the side of some of other news about an extremely known person doing their first production of an album. It brought some intrigue but nothing that really sat in my mind as a must check out simply because the band that person ...

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New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick

Review: New Found Glory – Makes Me Sick

New Found Glory celebrate their 20 year anniversary (just let that sink in) with the release of their ninth studio album Makes Me Sick. I wanted to like this album, really, but after listening to Makes Me Sick I went back and revisited 2000’s New Found Glory and 2002’s Sticks and Stones and felt that this new release was a step back, rather ...

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Erja Lyytinen - Stolen Heart

Review: Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Heart

Hailing from Kuopio, Finland, responsible for 80’s heavy metal band Tarot and members of Nightwish, Erja Lyytinen releases her tenth studio album, Stolen Hearts. Stolen Hearts is an eclectic collection of tracks, throwing together a mix of rock, blues and pop into something unlike anything else I have heard before. Track 4 ‘24 Angels’ is a perfect example of this, starting ...

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